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Monday Morning Motivation: Don’t Wish It Were Easier…

Hi All,

Another work week is upon us… As always, it will come with it’s share of challenges and struggles.

Some folks will wish it were easier. Champion ‘Pinnacle Performers’ will be stronger and succeed.

Some folks hope things will work out. Champions plan and are prepared for when they don’t.

As personal development author and master motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, said in the follow-up to his famous quote below, Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.”

Fact is, you have a world of wisdom at your disposal to effectively handle any challenge.

Don't Wish It Were Easier

Make a Great Day!

Steve :-)

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Monday Morning Motivation: The Ant Philosophy

For this weeks Monday Morning Motivation, below is a great little piece from renown business philosopher, Jim Rohn.  This is a perfect lesson for Pinnacle Performers and those who would like to be one.

Walk The Path!



The Ant Philosophy
by Jim Rohn

Over the years I’ve been teaching kids about a simple but powerful concept—the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That’s a good philosophy. If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they’ll look for another way. They’ll climb over, they’ll climb under, they’ll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you’re supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That’s an important perspective. You can’t be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants gather their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, “Don’t build your house on the sand in the summer.” Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to think ahead. In the summer, you’ve got to think storm. You’ve got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can’t wait to get out.

And here’s the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the “all–you–possibly–can” philosophy.

Wow, what a great philosophy to have—the ant philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.

Monday Morning Motivation: Go To Success

Here’s a simple, yet powerful, Monday Morning Motivation.

Quite often success comes to those who are proactive. Those Pinnacle Performers constantly seeking out new opportunities to learn and grow, develop new business, create new customer relationships and control their destiny.

The reactive types are waiting to be in the right place at the right time, waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for opportunity to knock, waiting for success to happen.

Don’t let that be you. Get up, get on your horse and as I often say…

Make a Great Day!

Steve 🙂

Go to Success

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The Power of Doughnuts?


Good Day Folks,

As a professional sales/customer service trainer,  I’m often approached by individuals seeking the right foods to power their pinnacle performance.

Actually that has never happened but it does bring up a good point.

Today is National Doughnut Day!

It’s true. See this report from ABC News that includes where you can get free doughnuts today > National Doughnut Day 2013: Where to Get Free Doughnuts

Assuming you have not run out of the building to your local doughnut retailer and are still reading this I will add that doughnuts would not be my first recommendation as an energy-driver power food. However, there is something to be said (something good) about the personal enjoyment derived from a good glazed pastry with a hole in it.

Or perhaps your more  of a creme or jelly filled sans-hole type of doughnut connoisseur? No worries, they have plenty of those to please the most demanding pallet.

There is some logic, albeit fuzzy, at work here too. Doughnuts put you in a good mood. It’s just hard to miserable eating one. And when you’re in a good mood “Positive Attracts Positive” and everything goes better.

Besides, you work hard. That’s what Pinnacle Performers do. You deserve a delicacy now and then. Consider it a just reward for a job well done this week.

Make mine a powdered chocolate warmed (but not too hot) with some strawberry cream dipping sauce!

Steve 🙂

Discipline for Success

Discipline is a fundamental component of success in anything in life.

Have you ever seen an athlete achieve world-class greatness without discipline to their sport and a commitment to working on their game and honing their skills? Champions rarely wing it.

Have you ever seen a seriously overweight individual get in shape without discipline to some form of diet and exercise? Most likely, no.

Sadly, it is rare to see the same level of discipline in sales and/or customer service reps. Sure, the consistent achievers (Pinnacle Performers) have it. But they are often the exception and not the rule.

Everyone wants success in their sales or customer service role. True performers achieve success by committing to continuously improving their skill set and performance.

I once had a trainee tell me that he didn’t like to role play (customer interaction scenarios) because he didn’t feel he was very good at it and he would be “a mess”.

Imagine telling your (pick a sport) coach that you don’t want to practice because you’re not very good at running the plays?  That’s the point of practice!

I tell trainees all the time, the program works if you work the program. All it takes is discipline.

Steve 🙂

Persist To Succeed

Good Day All,

The attached image shows just a few but many of the world’s greatest accomplishments never would have been achieved without persistence.

Right now, in a tough economy, there is much to challenge your chances of success. Consumers limiting their spending, reduced traffic in the stores, etc.  It is easy to fall victim to these external issues and lose your internal drive.

Persistence takes practice. It’s something you bring to work every day. Regardless of what your goal may be, you can only accomplish it if you persist towards it with daily focused behaviors.

Commit to moving forward every day, each another step of progress and one step closer to your goal and ultimate success.

Steve 🙂

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Keep Moving Forward To Succeed

Hi All,

As any calendar will tell you, we are now officially half-way through 2012. And this midway point comes smack dab in the summer season when it’s easy to be distracted by the nice weather and thoughts of being out of work for a little fun in the sun.

That’s great and well deserved for your efforts. Just don’t take that mental vacation while at work too…

You are (or should be) on the right track to a Pinnacle Performance year. This is no time to stop and smell the roses.

Keep moving forward towards your goal and striving to be better today then you were yesterday.

Walk The Path!

Steve :-)

Frost on The Road Less Traveled

Hi All,

In one way or another, I speak about this all the time in my Pinnacle Performance training.

The fact of the matter is you’re not a monopoly in the marketplace. There’s likely many people and companies who do what you do.

When product and/or services are identical from company-to-company they are automatically commoditized with lowest price being the single biggest purchase influencer. When you are the same as everyone else in your role then you too are commoditized and worth only the “going rate” for your daily duties.

The best performing companies, and the people in them, are innovators. They don’t behave like everyone else. They go over-and-above to create special value for their customers, internally and externally.

They take the road less traveled and that truly does make all the difference.

Make a Great Day!

Steve 🙂

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Autograph Your Work With Excellence!

Good Day All,

How true this next Pinnacle Performance quote is…

Executing extraordinary work puts your stamp of excellence and leaves a lasting impression with customers and co-workers.

Make a Great Day!

Steve 🙂

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